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Make a Germ Costume for Halloween!

k2SOZwaNsj3Nc6ImIt is October…time to get your mad costuming skills together for Halloween! Mike from Make: made these awesome germ costumes for his children, and shares his construction tips for making the dreaded and frightening Pink Paramecium, which is typically found in freshwater, brackish and marine environments, such as stagnant basins and ponds. We love the practicality of making the macronucleus into the face opening, and the gullet and food vacuole into a pouch for treats! Milk Duds and Sweet Tarts never tasted better. Paramecia propel themselves by violently swishing their cilia, and we can tell that this one is especially speedy! Make your germs from fleece or felt, both found on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at, or by phone at 415-392-2910.

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Sew Bird Wings for All Hallows Eve!

Just in time for All Hallows Eve, Natasha from NattyJaneSews has a tutorial for swoopingly fabulous bird wings. Natasha says, “Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.” She made these flapping wings with polyester satin — it would be fun to layer sheer organza on top of the satin for additional lightness! I’d love to make a pair in shades of brown with a brick red underside, and chirp show tunes while handing out sweets.

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How to Sew a Morticia Adams Dress

Bombase hails from Lille, France, and made this sweet video tutorial on how to make a slinky Morticia Adams dress.
“They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.
Their house is a museum.
When people come to see ’em
They really are a screa-um.
The Addams Family.”

(By Vic Mizzy)

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